Titans vs. Seahawks: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Seattle

Marlon Maloney@@marlonmaloneyCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2013

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 29:  Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks works out on the field before the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on September 29, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Seattle: - 20

Tennessee: - 13



Final Analyis

Pass Offense: Russell Wilson was absolutely masterful in the second half. He finished the day with 257 yards passing, completing 23-of-31 attempts. Wilson was able to regularly find time and spread the ball to eight different receivers. One key play came in the third quarter when Wilson found Marshawn Lynch all alone on the opposite side of the field for a 55-yard completion.

Run Offense: While Lynch did chip in in the passing game with four catches for 78 yards, what really helped the offense was his improved running in the second half. The numbers don't look very good, but he gained tough yards when needed and ended the day with 77 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Wilson had 61 yards of his own on the ground.

Pass Defense: The Titans offense was absolutely stymied in the second half. They only reached the end zone once, and it was in the final five minutes of the game. Between that red-zone trip and the field goal on Tennessee's first drive, the Titans' drives ended like this: interception, punt, turnover on downs, punt, punt and interception. Fitzpatrick's shaky play from the first half carried over into the second half and proved costly. 

Run Defense: Chris Johnson was held to 33 yards on 12 carries before looking a little shaken up. No information was given about his condition, but it did not appear to be serious. Fitzpatrick also had 33 yards, but the Titans' ground game was nonexistent throughout. The defense finished with five tackles for losses.

Special Teams: Steven Hauschka was cleared of having a concussion and returned to knock through two field goals in the second half. The coverage teams were solid for all but one return and did a solid job of keeping the field position battle pretty even.

Coaching:The Seahawks did not let the Titans late fumble return for a touchdown take them out of the game. They came out and were methodical on both sides of the ball, doing just enough to pull out the win. The Titans offense was out of rhythm all day and their defense was eventually worn out.

SEATTLE, WA. - OCTOBER 13: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks runs out of the pocket away from defensive end Ropati Pitoitua #92 of the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field on October 13, 2013 in S
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First-Half Analysis

Pass Offense: Russell Wilson has gotten off to a solid start passing the ball. He's completed 10-of-15 passes for 104 yards in the half, with only one pass off-target. The other two were knocked away by the red-hot Alterraun Verner. Doug Baldwin made a nice 28-yard grab late in the half, leading to the team's go-ahead score in the second quarter.

Run Offense: Marshawn Lynch has been mostly ineffective, carrying the ball nine times for just 23 yards and a score on a 4th-and-1 carry. As usual, Russell Wilson has done a great job of keeping drives alive with his legs. He has 26 yards on three carries. So far the Titans defense appears determined to not let Lynch beat them, but Wilson remains a threat.

Pass Defense: Ryan Fitzpatrick has been shaky in the first half, having thrown one interception already and having two other close calls. When he hasn't been throwing to the guys in different shades of green, he's often targeted Kendall Wright. Wright has four receptions for 57 yards so far and may be too shifty for the much bigger man in Brandon Browner. We'll see if there's an adjustment made at the half.

Run Defense: Chris Johnson has been just about as effective as Lynch in this one, averaging 1.8 yards per carry with 14 yards on eight attempts. Ryan Fitzpatrick has surprised by running for 20 yards on four scrambles to help pad Tennessee's poor rushing numbers.

Special Teams: Jon Ryan was just inches from pinning the Titans on their own 1-yard line twice. Steven Hauschka appears to have been concussed trying to tackle Tennessee's Darius Reynaud on a kick return. The injury came into play late in the half after the Titans botched a punt, giving Seattle a very short field. Jon Ryan came out to kick a short field goal, being the normal holder, another player had to handle the duties and fumbled the snap. The play resulted in a 77-yard touchdown return by the Titans.

Coaching: For the second week in a row, a special teams play near the end of the half has cost Seattle the lead. The Seahawks are still very much in this game, but the loss of Hauschka could prove to be huge as the game wears on. Pete Carroll will need to keep the team's emotions in check after the half-ending score.